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There is no reason why a sweet ending is out of the question. If your child has eaten plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables throughout the day, and little or no sweet treats, it’s certainly acceptable for them to have a small slice of cake or a brownie, a small bowl of ice cream or a few biscuits for pudding. Restricting foods too heavily destroys the pleasure of eating and gives children no real understanding of balance. The key is to avoid offering extra, unnecessary treats between meals, or the same types of treats every night for dessert. Yogurt, rice pudding with sultanas, baked apples with raisins and a little brown sugar, fruit salad or fruit-based ice-lollies are healthy alternatives, and most kids will accept them without a murmur. You can even grate a bit of 70% cocoa chocolate over the top – you may be surprised to hear it but good-quality, dark chocolate is a rich source of iron and several trace elements. Because it doesn’t contain the sugar levels of most confectionery, it doesn’t affect blood sugar levels in the same way. And because it’s rich, a little is more than enough!

Keep cream and sugar to a minimum when serving desserts. A bowl of fresh berries needs little or no sweetening – though you can dust them with icing sugar if they are particularly bitter. If fruit doesn’t make up the bulk of the dessert, try to serve some fruit alongside so that children learn the importance of having healthy elements to their puddings. Tinned sliced peaches are a great topping for ice cream, a slice of pineapple on its own is a lovely treat, and mango can be cubed and served with yogurt and honey. On some nights just a banana or an apple, or some fruit tinned with fruit juice will be enough. Give your children some healthy options and let them choose.



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